Sunday, April 21, 2024
29.2 C
City of Banjul
HomeGambia NewsGAMBIA: IS GAMBIA A NARCO STATE?

GAMBIA: IS GAMBIA A NARCO STATE?

Donate to Freedom Radio Today

As we are distracted by the flood of colossal state corruption scandals and turbulent instability in Senegal and the subregion’s political crises, I want to draw our attention to the severe pattern of the frequent reports of the seizure of vast amounts of illegal drugs in the press without any significant arrest of Principal actors or identifying the network of Cartels members involved in the crime.

A few weeks ago, a news outlet reported that “Two Bissau Guineans had been arrested by operatives of the Drug Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG), with 104 suspected blocks of cocaine, according to DLEAG with 4000 Euros and 2,950 Dalasis believed to be proceeds of the cocaine was found in possession of the suspect.”It seems people got immune to hearing massive illegal drug seizures, as with the frequency of such reports, nothing gets done about the actors. This latest report got preceded by the news, “Brussels Airport employees were involved in a criminal organisation smuggling drugs from Banjul, Gambia. They would hide drugs in several suitcases among the luggage on flights from Banjul, and their role was to remove these suitcases from the plane and hand them over to other gang members outside the airport”. Still, our government authorities didn’t detect the suspects within the network of traffickers at our end. Instead, they released a lousy press statement full of excuses and coverups for their inefficiency or complicity.Usually, it’s the small local players, those that are at the bottom of the ladder, that are arrested. The most important suspects are ignored, or if names are mentioned, it’s usually in the context of their having absconded outside the jurisdiction of the law enforcement officers, as in the case of Banta Keita or the Turkish associate linked to the vessel laden with drugs which were anchored off Denton Bridge and the Seizure of a large amount of Cocaine from this vessel on the High seas in Senegal. Since President Barrow’s administration came into office, the vast seizure of illegal drugs can be considered the tip of the iceberg; the trafficking of drugs that go undetected must be more significant, and the country associated with the trafficking of illicit drugs connected to the network of the international Narco traders and the laundering of the proceeds of the drug trade within our small economy made it fair for the Gambia to be labelled a Narco state. It involves a major building of vast infrastructure to handle the operation of a multimillion investment to trade hundreds of tons of Cocaine, accounting for the detected or undetected consignment that would not be shipped to the Gambia. The Cartel will seek a guarantee if the Cartel doesn’t penetrate all legitimate areas for their investments and their safety, which will mean infiltrating all the relevant institutions, the powerful and wealthy elite with political and economic influence to facilitate the illegal drug trade. Can the state authorities explain why the continued seizure of massive illegal drugs without significant arrest or exposure of the unlawful Drug Cartel network linked to the international drug trade led the Gambia to a Narco State? We know that imported cocaine isn’t for domestic consumption, and the Cartel requires economic actors with sophisticated financial mechanisms for the illicit proceeds to be laundered. Who are those acting as the Political buyers protecting the Drug Cartel or the Economic Partners trafficking the drugs onwards to more prosperous nations and laundering the proceeds from the trade?

Latest articles

GAMBIA: JOINT PRESS RELEASE: DIOMAYE AND BARROW UNDERTAKE TO IMPLEMENT SECURITY AGREEMENTS

The President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Mr. Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye,...

GAMBIA: 15th OIC SUMMIT IN BANJUL: PRESIDENT BASSIROU DIOMAYE FAYE ACCEPTS INVITATION FROM PRESIDENT BARROW

During the recent official visit of Senegalese President, Bassirou Diomaye Faye to The Gambia,...

GAMBIA: PRESIDENT BASSIROU DIOMAYE FAYE’S VISIT TO BANJUL

President Bassirou Diomaye Faye visited the Gambia this Saturday, April 20, where he was...

GAMBIA: OIC URGED TO INVITE IEA TO ITS SUMMIT IN GAMBIA

Abdul Salam Hanafi, the administrative deputy of the Prime Minister, on Saturday urged the...

More like this

GAMBIA: JOINT PRESS RELEASE: DIOMAYE AND BARROW UNDERTAKE TO IMPLEMENT SECURITY AGREEMENTS

The President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Mr. Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye,...

GAMBIA: 15th OIC SUMMIT IN BANJUL: PRESIDENT BASSIROU DIOMAYE FAYE ACCEPTS INVITATION FROM PRESIDENT BARROW

During the recent official visit of Senegalese President, Bassirou Diomaye Faye to The Gambia,...

GAMBIA: PRESIDENT BASSIROU DIOMAYE FAYE’S VISIT TO BANJUL

President Bassirou Diomaye Faye visited the Gambia this Saturday, April 20, where he was...